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Tigers Take Down Drew in Tampa Bay Shootout Opener

December 29, 2013

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Tampa, Fla.- DePauw never trailed and opened the Tampa Bay Shootout with a 68-64 first round win over Drew University. The Tigers improved to 6-3, while the Rangers dropped to 4-5 on the season.

DePauw faces Kalamazoo in tomorrow's 3 p.m. title game after the Hornets topped Regis (Mass.) in the evening's second game.

Opening the game on an 8-2 run, the Tigers were off to a quick start behind Michael Wilkison’s early three-pointers. DePauw extended its lead to as much as 13 before the Rangers closed the half on a 14-5 run trailing 38-34 entering the locker room.

The second half proved to be a back-and-forth contest until late in the half when the Tigers were able to pull away. With 12:12 remaining in the game Drew tied the score at 48-48 on a Chris Capelli jumper. DePauw answered when Wilkison hit one of his six three-pointers of the game to start a 17-5 run that boosted the Tigers' lead to 65-53. 

The Rangers closed the gap to 67-64 after Mike Klinger's bucket with seven seconds left, but Pat Haggin hit a free throw with six seconds left to seal the win.

Wilkison had a game-high 24 points going 8-14 from the floor including a 6-10 mark from three-point land. Tommy Fernitz notched his first collegiate double-double grabbing 15 a career-high rebounds and adding 15 points. Haggin tallied 14 points in the victory.

The Tigers dominated on the glass outrebounding Drew 43-29 including an 18-7 edge on the offensive boards. DePauw went 17-26 from the charity stripe (65.4%) and shot 38.6 percent from the floor.

Drew was led by Klinger and Jason Huelbig with 23 points and 22 points, respectively. John Ford went a perfect 4-4 from the floor adding 12 points in the loss.

In the second game, Kalamazoo led by as many as 20 in the second half before a 13-3 Regis run trimmed the margin to 10. The Pride outscored Kalamazoo 12-3 in the final 45 seconds for the four-point margin.

Kalamazoo's Mark Ghafari led all scorers with 20 points, while Adam Peters added 19. Sam Jean-Gilles paced Regis with 16 points followed by Ryan Chambers with 15. Osanto Marc Jr., and Chris Keaton each chipped in 11. 

The Hornets shot 42.6 percent from the floor and knocked in 25-of-39 free throws, while Regis shot just 34.4 percent from the field.

At the conclusion of the tournament the all-tournament team will be announced. Live stats for Monday’s contests can be found here.

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